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New year start for the newest Istanbul Airport

Inaugurated October 29th, 2018 for the 95th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey by the President Erdogan and in the presence of several world leaders among which the Emir of Qatar, this colossal “greenfield” project led by the international architectural firm Grimshaw will replace Ataturk International Airport and give to the historic Constantinople the biggest airport in the world.
With two terminals situated on a gigantic site of 76 square kilometres, Istanbul Airport (ISL) is looking to serve up to 200 million passengers annually by 2028 thanks to its 6-runway development on the Black Sea coast.
By comparison, this is over three times the capacity of Ataturk International Airport (IST) that welcomed 64 million passengers in 2017 and almost seven times the capacity of Istanbul’s third airport, Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) with 30 million passengers the same year.
Istanbul Airport will be one of the top airports in the world..
Serving 200 million passengers annually would place Istanbul Airport far ahead of the top five busiest airports in the world, namely Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (104 million passengers in 2017), Beijing Capital International Airport (96 million passengers), Dubai International Airport (88 million passengers), Tokyo Haneda Airport (85 million passengers) and Los Angeles International Airport (84,5 million passengers).
As of January 1st, 2019, Ataturk International Airport (IST) will primarily be used for private jets, cargo planes and crew training flights. Ataturk, located approximately 45 minutes away from the city centre, will hence be SlamAir’s recommended airport to reach or depart from Istanbul by private jet. Unless your private flight is connecting with a commercial flight arriving or departing from Istanbul Airport (ISL).
Rumour has it that parts of the Ataturk international airport might also be turned into city gardens.

The top 5 of european private aviation

The multi-billion euro business aviation industry in Europe (€87bn, 2017) is led by a handful of countries counting over 64% of European total private jets departures.
Who are the top five players dominating the continent’s private air travel movements?
According to the European Business Aviation Association’s 2018 European Business Aviation Economic Value & Business Benefits report, five countries stand out when it comes to the annual number of departures: France, Germany, the UK, Italy and Switzerland. In other words, these nations are the Big 5 of Europe’s private aviation sector.
In these countries, business aviation is synonymous with economic growth, societal benefits and higher connectivity. 76% of the industry’s total Gross Value Added in Europe is generated by France, Switzerland, Germany and the UK; countries that also host major aircraft manufacturers and, together with Italy, account for 57% of all professional positions within the the private aviation sector. The industry also makes 25,280 European routes possible, that are otherwise not connected by a direct flight. Private aviation also carries significant societal benefits: allowing air ambulances and medical flights to reach even the most remote areas of the European continent. Indeed, private aircraft movements lead to higher connectivity between diverse European destinations which aren’t efficiently served by commercial aviation.
Private aviation links people and places, driving economic value in the top five European countries with the highest numbers of private aircraft departures.
Italy’ 63,198 annual departures grant the country its spot among private aviation’s biggest players.
Italy’s major private air traffic partners are the other four members of the big 5: France, Germany, the UK and Switzerland.

6 reasons why (most) private jets are white

While you might think private jet owners want to stand out from the crowd, you can’t fail to notice that most aircraft are white.

Matterhorn White to be precise. That’s the specific white paint colour used for most private jet charter aircraft these days.

They may have a coloured stripe or pattern here or there. But while it’s perfectly possible to paint an aircraft pink, green, pink, or gold all over, a white base colour is very much de rigeur for private aircraft – as it is for most airliners.

So why are aircraft white?

They may have a coloured stripe or pattern here or there. But while it’s perfectly possible to paint an aircraft pink, green, pink, or gold all over, a white base colour is very much de rigeur for private aircraft – as it is for most airliners.

When aircraft come off the manufacturer’s assembly line, they are usually green – this is their undercoat of zinc phosphate primer. That’s why you see green aircraft during the stages of their flight test program.

And while there’s no technical reason why they can’t stay that way, usually they are finished in white before being delivered to customers.

Here are some of the reasons why.

1) White has thermal advantage

White is a terrific reflector of sunlight, and reflects almost all the light that falls on it, unlike other colours, which absorb some of the rays.

This means the cabin stays cooler – which can be a particular advantage on the runway in hot climates. And while it’s not widely the case, some airframes require the use of white paint on upper surfaces, to maintain their airframe temperature limits.

2) It’s a blank canvas

There’s no better base colour to show off a company logo. An expanse of white fuselage makes a great blank canvas for the owners or manufacturer’s marketing efforts.

3) It doesn’t fade…

White paint ages better than most other colours. Being exposed to sunlight at high altitudes can take its toll on deeper colours, but white doesn’t fade.

4) …but it does show cracks & leaks

While fading isn’t a safety consideration, other deterioration such as cracking or oil leaks certainly is. And on a white surface these have nowhere to hide. That’s a big advantage to maintenance and safety.

5) It shows up in the sky

A white aircraft is more easily spotted at night and in the sky. That’s why military planes – which conversely don’t want to be spotted in the sky – are rarely white and usually come in camouflage colours of grey, green or blue.

6) It has traditional appeal

People have deep (and often subconscious) feelings about colour. And research has shown that most passengers feel more comfortable and secure flying in a traditional white aircraft.

Can a private jet fly in the fog?

Starting the winter season it is easy to find low visibility weather conditions on our flights. One of the problems present during the cold season is fog.

All aircraft, including private jets, are affected by fog and poor visibility. Although many commercial aircraft are equipped with auto-land autopilots (that can land the aircraft in zero visibility), it is on the ground and during the take off phase that most of the Air Traffic Delay occur.

When the visibility at an airport drops below 1,500m (described by pilots and airports as RVR – Runway Visual Range) the airport enforces Low Visibility Procedures (LVPs).  During LVPs, Air Traffic will reduce the number of aircraft taxing and taking off to prevent accidents and incidents occurring.

How private jets fly in foggy conditions

But just as in heavy snow and other unforseen weather conditions, the flexibility of private jet charter is a huge advantage in foggy weather. A private jet charter flight plan allows for last minute changes of plan, finding gaps in the fog and rerouting the flight accordingly – not an option open to airlines.

For example while visibility might be 100 metres at London Luton airport, bit could be 4km at London Northolt. So by switching a flight departure from Luton to Northolt, the customer was able to depart with very minimal delays.

As the fog clears huge backlogs for airlines will mean disruption can continue for the next day or two. With many aircraft now out of position, passengers are recommended to contact their airlines for further information before leaving home.

In foggy conditions, the advantages of private jet charter become very clear!